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26 Sep

lilas_bed

We finally made the move to the toddler bed! Can you tell that Lila was super excited about her big girl bed? I think she was really proud of herself and she loves that she can go hurl herself into bed. I won’t lie, the first night was torture. I didn’t really expect things to go flawlessly but I didn’t expect them to go as roughly as they did. She has always done really great at bedtime and when 8pm rolls around she is ready to lay down. Sometimes she will even tell us she is ready for “night, night.” After a few snuggles, hugs and kisses she lays down with her books and is pretty satisfied so I didn’t think too much would be different once the toddler bed came into play.

We rearranged her room slightly and her bed is on a different wall than where her crib was. When bedtime rolled around she acted like everything was normal but the minute I tried to walk out of the room there was a major meltdown. She was crying so hard she could barely catch her breath. It made me really sad because it seemed like she was genuinely scared, not just that she didn’t want me to leave. We reassured her she was a big girl and that we were just in the other room. By the time I would sit down in the living room she would already be up and opening the door. This little routine went on from about 8-11pm. Finally by 11 we were going to bed ourselves and she had finally given up. I guess after repeatedly taking her back to her room she was too tired to fight us. I thought, “finally!” Not so fast there, thinking we were going to get by that easy. Around 3:30 I woke up to Lila standing by my bed. I took her back to her room and tucked her in and told her she had to sleep in her big girl bed. She would comply and say she understood but by the time I would get back in bed I could hear the pitter patter of her little feet coming down the hall. This went on for 2 hours. I was thrilled. At the 2 hour mark I gave in and told her she could climb in our bed but by this point she was wide awake and wasn’t even trying to sleep. After about 10 minutes of her lying there kicking me I took her back to her room. I pleaded my case once more for her to stay in bed, I really thought I had her that time…..nope. At this point I woke Josh up…how he slept through all this I have no idea. I told him I was done and it was his turn to take a stab at it. Of course he only had to put her down once and I guess by that time she was too tired to continue on. I still didn’t fall asleep for quite sometime as I lay restless waiting for the sound of her feet. I might have gotten 45 more min. of sleep and I was prepared for the next day to be painful. However, for the small amount of sleep I got I functioned rather well and never felt like I was going to crash.

Since that first night Lila has done extremely well. We have gotten in a good routine at night and now that she is in her bed I can lay down with her and read books. That is one of my favorite times of day. She is clean, snuggly and calm and we sit side by side and wind down our day together. I was really nervous about transitioning from the crib because knowing she was restricted to that little space was somehow very comforting. And, in the middle of that first night I was convinced she would be in the crib til she was 5 and we would just have to invest in a 2nd crib for Lucy. Oh the places your mind goes in the middle of the night.

I am so thankful she has taken to her bed somewhat seamlessly and just hope that it sticks.

 

Recurring Dreams

8 May

For years now I have been having the same 2 recurring dreams.

The first one consists of me being back in high school and I can’t figure out my class schedule. I have always waited til the last minute and can’t find any of my classes. I always try and go to my counselor to get her to print out a new schedule for me or I am trying to log on to the computer to get a new schedule printed out.

The second one always takes place in college. I have completely forgotten about a class for the entire semester and when it comes time to take exams I realize I never dropped the class. It is always some type of history class. Sometimes this scenario interchanges with forgetting about an art project until the very end of the semester and I can’t get my work completed. I am always throwing something awful together at the last second trying to pass.

These dreams sounds silly but when I am having them they are super stressful and I wake up tired with no resolution.

Apparently my dad has had and still has similar dreams to these.

I had a combination of the 2 dreams last night and it disturbed me enough to look up the meaning of them this morning.

I found this article.

Basically it gives these meanings.

  • The dream often occurs in approximation with having forgotten or being concerned about forgetting to do something important in waking life
  • The dream may reflect a sense of responsibility, duty, or choice where the dreamer knows what he/she should do, but is hesitant/reluctant to do the act
  • A change involving the end of something is imminent and there is low confidence about the future
  • It is a time when regrets of past actions or inactions have been in mind—a possible prompt to not “put off until tomorrow what can be done today”
  • The dream, when it comes in approximation with a significant date, such as a birthday, anniversary, school reunion year, date of the death of someone significant, offers the doorway to the classroom as a metaphor to paths not taken, the recognition that a “long” time has passed without goals achieved
  • The dream is a reminder not to miss an opportunity or take a more active role in one’s destiny

Upon reading a little bit more I found that this is one of the top ten most common dreams to have and I found a website where hundreds of people had written in about having such similar dreams.

So I guess I’m not a weirdo, not for having this dream anyway.

I just find it fascinating that so many people have this exact same dream.

Easter Weekend

9 Apr

We had a wonderful weekend full of friends, family and good food. We went to see my mom and dad, Lila’s great-grandparents, and lots of cousins. I took my camera and made lots of pictures on Saturday but I left in in Johnson City…boo on me. I got a few pictures on my phone though so I am not going through complete withdrawal of having no camera:)

Saturday was such a busy a day with so much traveling and so many people to see. By the time we made it to my parent’s house at 10pm Lila was overly tired. It was a rough night for us. She was so tired that she was restless and up down and up and down all night. This is not like her. However, this seems to be a pattern with her when we have jam-packed days and she doesn’t get a whole lot of down time.

I was wiped by Sunday morning but we managed to get up and make it to church, and then Lila came back to dig in to her Easter basket. This entertained her for about 5 minutes. We didn’t dye eggs this year because I knew it would be incredibly messy with a one-year old but I look forward to doing it next year.

We had a wonderful Easter and I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family.

Mama and Lila being silly 🙂

Taste-testing all the toys.

“Mom, is this for me?”

Lila’s sweet Easter dress.

Lovin on the G-parents.

Goodnight Giraffe

13 Feb

As you lay in a warm, little bundle in my arms your chubby little fingers fumble over “Henry’s” soft body. You like to find just the right corner to rub gently as you drift to sleep. Something about that little giraffe puts you at ease and makes you melt in my arms. We rock slowly back and forth. I watch as your eyes grow heavier and heavier. You try to fight off Mr. Sandman but he is just too powerful. Once  you have given in we continue to rock. I smell your soft head, massage your little hands and whisper gently how much I love you. I know you won’t let me do this for long so I cherish these moments.

Sleep Like a Baby

18 Aug

Lila is a really good sleeper and that makes me one happy mama. She caught on fairly fast which has made life easier. Obviously those first several weeks were ROUGH. Sleeping in two hour increments is not ideal and leaves the body feeling like total crap. I wasn’t sure if I was coming or going. I remember the first night I slept four hours in a row and it felt like I had just slept for a solid 10 hours. It is amazing how your body adjusts to the new chaos.

Lila started sleeping pretty well right before I went back to work around 8 weeks. She was sleeping 7-8 hours at a time. I had been so worried about returning to work a sleep-deprived crazy person but she made it really easy on me. Babies do their own thing and once you think you have a schedule down they throw a curveball in there. There is really no rhyme or reason to her sleep pattern now but she still sleeps very well. Some nights she will sleep a solid  9-10 hours without getting up at all. However, for the most part here lately she is getting up for a feeding around 4 or 5 in the morning. That is still really good considering she goes to bed around 9:30 or 10. I know that seems late but that is schedule we have fallen into and it works for our family so that’s what we do. Whatever works. Josh is working nights now so when he isn’t there I am the one getting up. She is really good about taking her bottle and going right back down so we usually aren’t up for more than 3o minutes. The nice thing about Josh working nights is on his days off he is already up in the middle of the night when Lila gets up. On those nights they have a nice little daddy & daughter time and mama gets to sleep all night! It is wonderful.

When I was pregnant I was most worried about how sleep would change once Lila got here. While it is def. different than how it used to be it has not been as bad as I thought. I like to say she is such a good sleeper because I was training her while in the womb. I took a nap every chance I got and slept super-late on the weekends. Although, that isn’t really that different from my sleeping habits than before I was pregnant. I have always been a fan of some shut-eye!

I wish I was this cute when I slept. Look at that little lip. Ohhhhh I could just eat her!